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    bottom out

    I've checked out the meaning of this verb (to bottom out) in my dictionary and it says: if a situation, price and so on bottoms out, it stops getting worse or lower.
    Now my question is this: do you also use this verb when talking about a discussion between two people in which they start talking about silly stuff, about filthy things, so that one of them might say: Ok, stop it, we're bottoming out., meaning that the things they are talking about are too stupid and silly?

    Thanks so much for your answers.

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    Re: bottom out

    It's possible. Not necessarily to say you are silly and stupid, but perhaps just that you have exhausted all topics of conversation.

    A related idea which I am more familiar with is to say that you are "scraping the bottom of the barrel."

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    Re: bottom out

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I've checked out the meaning of this verb (to bottom out) in my dictionary and it says: if a situation, price and so on bottoms out, it stops getting worse or lower.
    Now my question is this: do you also use this verb when talking about a discussion between two people in which they start talking about silly stuff, about filthy things, so that one of them might say: Ok, stop it, we're bottoming out., meaning that the things they are talking about are too stupid and silly?

    Thanks so much for your answers.
    It would be understood but not a common expression in that context AmE. Another way, among others, would be "........., we're beating this to death".

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    Re: bottom out

    But, does you expression mean to talk nonsense maybe because someone doesn't have anything else to say bacause everything has been said already, or does it mean to talk about something very much untill you don't know what to add?

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    Re: bottom out

    As Dave said, 'we're scraping the bottom of the barrel' is natural here. I've never heard 'bottoming out' with that meaning.

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    #6

    Re: bottom out

    How about:

    We've reached rock bottom.

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    #7

    Re: bottom out

    What does this latest expression mean? In which kind of context would you use it?

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    Re: bottom out

    In the context of your original post.

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